Learn About The Basics Of Miles & Points At FTU Dallas

As you may (or may not) know, I also have a points consulting service, whereby we help people redeem their airline miles. I have several colleagues working with me, and they’re some of the most knowledgeable and passionate people I know in this hobby. During my dad’s round the world surprise birthday trip they offered to step in and help with some guest posts. Thanks to the positive feedback, they’re back with more. This post is from my friend Tiffany, whom you’ve heard from before.

As longtime readers will know, Ben will go anywhere he’s invited other than dinner has been presenting at the Frequent Traveler Universities and similar events for years. He’s a great speaker, puts a lot of thought into his sessions, and generally speaks at least a half-dozen times at every event.

And I generally tag along because, well, I’m not sure actually. But there are always lots of people who are afraid to ask questions in a big session, or are missing some of the building blocks that make the sessions most valuable, so I typically spend a lot of time answering beginner questions in the lobby.

Based in part on the feedback y’all have shared, we’ve decided to make it official, so I’m going to be giving a talk on the very basics of redeeming miles.

Not the advanced tricky stuff that Ben, Gary, and Matthew will talk about later in the weekend, but the foundational info that everyone needs to have in order to be successful at actually using miles.

You know, the stuff that you might be shy to ask about, or the things that you really wish your family and coworkers would understand before asking you which Capital One card was best for premium cabin travel. 😉 Heck, the concepts you wish your partner had a better working knowledge of.

I’m pretty excited, and it seemed like a good idea, given I’m having these conversations in the lobby and hallways anyway — at some point you might as well give me a microphone, right?


So I’m a bit terrified that I’ll be giving a presentation to the sound guy. (In addition to being terrified in general).

According to the always-reliable Wikipedia, there are millions of people in Dallas and the surrounding cities. My guess is that not all of them are using or even accruing miles as efficiently as they could be.

And while speaking to millions of people is probably worse than speaking to an empty room, there’s hopefully a middle ground.

So if you live in Dallas, know anyone in Dallas, or have aspirations of visiting Dallas, please help spread the word.

What you need to know

  • The event is April 17-19, 2015
  • Everything will be held at the Hyatt Regency DFW Airport
  • There are two days of sessions, with a pretty equal split between creative ways to earn miles and intelligent ways to use them

Here’s what’s in it for you

  • Spending time with people who live and breathe miles. Beyond the expert sessions, you get to chat with other travel fanatics, which is invaluable.
  • Everyone purchasing tickets to the event receives Hyatt Platinum status for the year.
  • You get to ask lots of questions — in sessions, in hallways, and at the bar. Between the speakers and other attendees there will be lots of folks who can help solve riddles.

There will be lots of discussion about miles and points, and wonderful sidebar convos over cocktails. We can talk about the nitty-gritty of award charts, what the best credit card approach might be, or just share favorite travel stories. It’s really fun.

If you’re looking for a place to get your feet wet, feel like you’re lacking direction, or are overwhelmed by options, this is the place to start.

And if you know someone who fits in the above categories, please send them my way too!

Thanks, and looking forward to (hopefully) seeing many of you there!

Get your tickets to FTU Dallas here!


  1. That is super awesome Tiffany!!! I already had other plans that weekend so I won’t be able to go but wishing you the best on your presentation!

  2. How do you take advantage of the Hyatt Platinum status? I signed up for the event and will be staying at the Hyatt Regency so was hoping to have the status apply before my stay if possible.

  3. Good for you! I’m sure you’ll have great attendance. I will be in New York, because ew, Dallas. And spring in New York is lovely.

  4. I’ve already registered and plan on attending your session as a starter since it’s my first FTU. Looking forward to meeting you there, Tiffany!

  5. @ Rob — You know, that’s a great question, and I’m honestly not sure of the answer. I believe you should have been sent instructions on that with your registration? Let me see what I can find out though.

  6. Yours was a very well-written article, Tiffany. I know you’ll be a fantastic speaker and will charm everyone there!

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